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Four-Armed God Vishnu

A work made of sandstone.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of sandstone.

Date:

c. 5th century

Artist:

India
Uttar Pradesh, possibly Allahabad region

About this artwork

One of the principal gods of Hinduism, Vishnu is regarded as the preserver of the universe. He stands regally in this sculpture from the Gupta period, wearing a simple crown and a long garland. Originally four-armed, he would have held weapons—a mace, conch, and discus—in three hands. This early image includes a round object, variously interpreted as the earth or a fruit, in his lowered fourth hand. In later images of Vishnu, this hand typically holds a lotus.

Status

On View, Gallery 141

Department

Arts of Asia

Title

Four-Armed God Vishnu

Place

Uttar Pradesh (Object made in)

Date

401 CE–500 CE

Medium

Sandstone

Dimensions

84.8 × 44.2 × 16.6 cm (33 3/8 × 17 3/8 × 6 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

James W. and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection. Gift of Marilynn Alsdorf

Reference Number

2021.242

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